The self-employed can hardly claim to
have had an easy ride through the pandemic. Yes, there’s been the self-employed
support scheme, which has gone some way to pick up the income of individuals in
the face of declining trade - but it’s in no way mitigated the damage that
self-employed builders have experienced to their business and their ability to
pick up work in their local area. But now, as the world reopens and consumers
become more confident asking builders back to work, here are the construction
essentials you need to be bringing with you to each job.
One thing COVID-19 hasn’t changed are
the nuts and bolts of building and construction work. As such, now is the time
to restock on all of your building essentials that you’ve not ordered for the
months of lockdown when your business slowed. Here we’re looking at collated screws for ease of access, and the
materials you’ll expect to need on your next few jobs.
Order these as far in advance as
possible in order to avoid the impact of any delays that your suppliers might
be experiencing - as we’re still in the ‘new normal’ of business disruption and
supply chain disorganisation. It’s also worth lining up Plan B suppliers, in
case your preferred dealer is out of stock or struggling to get materials to
you in time.
Most builders are working on homes occupied
by homeowners or those renting their properties. This of course means that
there’s a chance of infection and
contamination, and you should communicate with
each and every customer in order to ensure that they’re comfortable with the
measures that you’ve put in place to guarantee their health and safety in this
For many builders, this means using
light plastic screens to divide their workspace from the living space of their
customers. It also means frequently applying hand sanitiser, and wearing a mask when not in
the thick of the work you’re performing. Finally, customers are likely to trust
you more if you’ve taken aCOVID-19 test in recent days - or if you’re
checking your temperature daily, so that you’re on top of your own health as
Vehicle and Transport
With some self-employed builders
having spent months with very little to do, your vehicle might have
suffered from inaction over the past few weeks. As the cold weather approaches upon us, there’s a chance that your van may be suffering
from the ravages of a colder climate - and for older vehicles, it’s imperative
that you’re running them for a few minutes each day to keep the engine in
Meanwhile, aside from maintenance, you should also make sure
that your vehicle is COVID-19 secure, and that you’re not welcoming friends,
family or other builders from outside your bubble into your vehicle at any
time. Your health is important for your ongoing work, and it’s important for
your clients, too.
Bear in mind these new and existing
construction essentials in order to minimise the risk that you’ll not be able
to complete jobs in the aftermath of the national lockdown.
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